Defense Secretary Robert Gates unveiled a proposed military budget that radically revamps the Pentagon’s priorities, shifting funds away from high-tech weapons systems and toward programs to enhance the military’s ability to fight unconventional wars. The budget proposal calls for eliminating the Air Force’s F-22 Stealth fighter, eight advanced Army armored vehicles, and the next generation of Navy cruisers and destroyers. It would increase spending on intelligence gathering, special-operations forces, and unmanned aerial vehicles.
The budget, which increases overall military spending to $534 billion from $513 billion, drew immediate attacks from congressional Republicans. Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma warned against “sending our sons and daughters into combat in vehicles that are second-rate.” Other members of Congress said the planned cuts would increase unemployment during a severe recession.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- The U.S. is about to sell weapons to Vietnam. That's bad news for China.
- Why is the Pentagon stuffing caves in Norway full of tanks?
- What the Middle Ages can tell us about the GOP's big charity myth
- An open letter to #brands about Gamergate
- The most sensible GOP alternative to ObamaCare comes from a Senate candidate who is almost sure to lose
- Did the media get Ferguson wrong?
- When Khomeini said no to Iranian nukes
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 10 things you need to know today: October 23, 2014
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
Subscribe to the Week